Hightown Review

Last weekend Stan dropped the highly anticipated Hightown a little earlier than planned, but is it worth the early release?

Hightown is the story of Jackie Quiñones( Monica Raymund, a National Marine Fisheries Service agent who likes to party. However, Jackie’s world is turned upside down when she discovers the dead body of Sherry (Masha King), who dies in the opening minutes of the series. Assigned to the case is narcotics detective Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale who’s abrupt and is convinced he knows who killed Sherry. As Ray started his quest for justice it becomes clear he’s willing to do whatever it takes to prove that Frank Cuevas (Amaury Nolasco), a drug kingpin who is pulling the strings of his criminal empire from behind bars, is the one to blame.

As the opening hour progresses, Jackie’s night of partying has consequences that will have a big impact as she tries to solve the crime. Is Ray right to trust his instincts or is someone else behind it all? Rounding out a solid story is Junior McCarthy (Shane Harper) who’s gone ninety days clean of opiates, but if he wants to reunite with his girlfriend and their baby, his past addiction is going to lead him down a dark path of redemption. Meanwhile Frankie’s loving wife Renee (Riley Voelkel) is also drawn to the case.

Hightown, created by Rebecca Cutter, starts out with a gripping hour that appears to be a solid crime drama, but as the stories crash together, we’re reminded how complicated, and deadly, our addictions can be.

Monica and James both give their complex characters likeability but it’s Shane who impresses here with a performance that really draws you in.

Full of secrets and dark moments, Hightown promises to be a perfect binge this winter.

4 Stars

Hightown is streaming now on Stan with new episodes weekly from May 24.